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Travel to El Salvador with Tools for Opportunity

Join us for an unforgettable service vacation to El Salvador this November! We will work alongside Salvadoran woodworkers to build tables, benches and cabinets for school children in rural villages of La Union along the Pacific coast of Eastern El Salvador. 

The villages need a place for the students to have their meals, but they do not have the resources for the furniture needed. Tools for Opportunity and our partners will provide all the tools and materials for the project. Our group, along with our Salvadoran friends, will provide the skill and light labor. 

After our project is completed, the tools will be given to the Salvadoran woodworkers, with the condition that they earn them by using their new tools to complete pro-bonoprojects for their communities.  

When: November 9-16, 2019
Where: La Union, along the Pacific coastline of Eastern El Salvador
Cost: $1,325 per person

Cost includes:

  • Driver and all ground transportation in El Salvador
  • Expert local guidance by our in-country director, Guillermo Sensente 
  • All lodging (simple, but with hot showers & air conditioning)
  • Individual private rooms
  • All meals and bottled water while in El Salvador
  • Translators fluent in Spanish and English

Cost does NOT include:

  • Airfare to San Salvador (typically $800)
  • Passport and Visa
  • Immunizations
  • Souvenirs
  • Entry fees to optional activities
  • Alcohol

Besides building the projects, we will take time to see some of the sites in this beautiful and fascinating country, led by Tools for Opportunity In-Country Director Guillermo Sensente.

Here are a few options:

  • Meet local woodworkers and visit their shops       
  • Climb a Mayan pyramid and explore a 2000 year old archeological site
  • Visit the National Archeological Museum with an outstanding collection of 
  • Pre-Columbian artifacts
  • Swim or relax on some of the most beautiful beaches of the Pacific
  • Hike to the edge of the crater of the active volcano
  • Zip-line through the forest canopy
  • Tour a coffee plantation at harvest 

Others you may know who have traveled with us include: Chris Fitch and Randy Maxey from Woodsmithmagazine, Craig Ruegsegger of WOOD magazine, founder of Kreg Tool Co. Craig Sommerfeld, and Chris Martin, ISU College of Design.

So make sure your passport is up-to-date and let us know that you are interested in joining us this fall. I will keep you posted as plans are finalized. And I promise you, this will be an unforgettable experience!  

Download our application, medical waiver, and liability release here. 

Gene Pedersen, President
Tools for Opportunity


Our guide and chief translator will be Guillermo Sensente, Tools for Opportunity In-Country Director for El Salvador.
We will visit the shops of woodworkers like our friend Hilario Sanchez from Santo Domingo de Guzman.
Roadside craft markets on the Ruta de las Flores.